Vietoris win prolongs F3 title battle

Christian Vietoris has just kept the Formula 3 Euro Series title battle alive by claiming a brilliant, if unlikely, win at Dijon

Vietoris win prolongs F3 title battle

Vietoris went from fifth to the lead in one move during a chaotic restart early in the race.

The erstwhile leader Jules Bianchi - who needs just one more point to claim the title - caught the safety car before it pitted, forcing him to back off. This caused general confusion among the leaders, with Jean Karl Vernay actually crossing the line in first place. Further back Vietoris had a great tow and swept into the lead.

Vernay (Signature) picked up a drive-through penalty and dropped out of contention, leaving ART's Bianchi to chase home his title rival. But surprisingly he could not match the Mucke driver's pace and will have to wait for at least another day to be confirmed as champion.

Mika Maki came home third for Signature, fending off SG driver Andrea Caldarelli's mid-race charge. Manor's Roberto Mehri made a great start and further benefited from Valtteri Bottas (ART) picking up a jump-start penalty to move into fifth.

Sam Bird made the move of the race to relieve sixth from Motopark Academy driver Christopher Zanella, while Bird's Mucke team-mate Alex Sims held off a late surge from Tiago Geronimi to finish eighth (Signature), which gives him pole position for tomorrow's race.

Pos Driver Team Car Time/Gap 1. Christian Vietoris Mucke D/M 27m15.927s 2. Jules Bianchi ART D/M + 2.882s 3. Mika Maki Signature D/V + 4.396s 4. Andrea Caldarelli SG D/M + 5.180s 5. Roberto Merhi Manor D/M + 6.613s 6. Sam Bird Mucke D/M + 10.260s 7. Christopher Zanella Motopark D/M + 13.406s 8. Alexander Sims Mucke D/M + 14.112s 9. Tiago Geronimi Signature D/V + 14.608s 10. Basil Shaaban Prema D/M + 22.393s 11. Marco Wittmann Mucke D/M + 22.832s 12. Esteban Gutierrez ART D/M + 23.284s 13. Henkie Waldschmidt SG D/M + 24.048s 14. Robert Wickens Kolles & Heinz D/V + 26.923s 15. Pedro Enrique Manor D/M + 31.098s 16. Valtteri Bottas ART D/M + 31.969s 17. Johan Jokinen Kolles & Heinz D/V + 38.988s 18. Jean Karl Vernay Signature D/V + 1m03.103s 19. Tom Dillmann Prema D/M + 3 laps 20. Adrien Tambay ART D/M + 6 laps 21. Stefano Coletti Prema D/M + 6 laps Not classified: Brendon Hartley Carlin D/V 12 laps Jake Rosenzweig Carlin D/V 9 laps Renger van der Zande Motopark D/M 1 lap 
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